Fatal urban gas explosion and fire in Lisbon, Portugal.

On a weekday morning (2nd of July 2013) an ignited gas leak inside a street-facing upholsterer artisanal shop originated one fatal casualty plus several injured, among passing by citizens, while also setting several vehicles and adjacent buildings on fire. First due engine (with a crew of 4 or 5) had to face challenging fire-ground conditions, including the need to simultaneously evacuate apartment residents and to control the spread of fire alongside a narrow residential street... Municipal (black helmet) and Volunteer (yellow helmet) Firefighters used the traditional Portuguese style “hooks ladder” (a variant of the pompier ladder) to reach upper floors and balconies, either because no aerial trucks responded in the initial moments of the incident or on account of the ladder operation radius requirements(see operation of 2 hooks ladders in another video: http://youtu.be/xNFd0_5bM_c )

(footage extracted from YouTube; copyright may apply)

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